Aksel Kolstad - Munch Ambassador

Aksel Kolstad was from October 10th 2012 officially announced to be the first "Munch-artist" and an international "Edvard Munch Ambassador". - Kolstad will carry Munch on his musical and artistic shoulders, says Front-of-House Manager at the Munch Musesum in Oslo, Cécile Therond Hjelm. - Aksel Kolstad will revitalize the artist and provocateur Edvard Munch through his powerful music and his artistic projects world wide. Once a month Kolstad will give "Munch reflection-recitals" at the Munch museum in Oslo at the same time as his ateiler, Café de Concert at Tjuvholmen, will become the second home of the Munch museum.
"To me Munch is Shostakovitch mixed with deadly strawberries on canvas" - Aksel Kolstad
Yesterday evening this exciting partnership was launched and became official at Aksel Kolstad’s gallery Café de concert. It is the occasion to present the Munch Museum‘s newest exhibition, The Modern Eye, which is opening for the public the 31th of October. Aksel Kolstad will be the master of ceremony for the opening evening event of the exhibition on the 2nd of November, and promises you an evening like you’ve never experienced before.
"I think change is what’s needed in order to preserve art and that is what the Munch Museum does. By taking a new direction without changing the content, the Munch Museum is leading the way in a new artistic era we are now entering, surrounded by powerful and strong colours that dominate the media landscape.  I want to tattoo Munch on Norway’s chest!" says Kolstad.
"We’re looking forward to a new and exciting partnership with the very creative musician and entertainer Aksel Kolstad. We’re hoping this partnership between the museum and Aksel’s Café de concert will be an eye-opener for many and contribute to make Munch’s fantastic art more available to a greater public", says Cecile Therond Hjelm, Front-of-house Manager at the Munch Museum.

The history of Café de Concert

Café de Concert began a few days before the 19th of June 2003 when Aksel Kolstad together with a colleague performed live on Midt i Musikken, a classical music program on NRK radio P2. During the program, the trial concert was announced, to be held at Kastanjen restaurant on Bygdøy Allé in Oslo.
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